I'm not trying to rub it in about the Vikes' 36-10 win today, my Chicago friends, especially since they still must travel down to there this season and I imagine that it is going to be one po'd team that they will meet when they get there. And I'm not at all happy about the 10 penalties for 70 yards. That's just too much sloppiness for this time of the year. And Adrian Peterson's two fumbles, one lost, also makes me cringe. Still, I gotta like stuff like this:
- Brett Favre: 32-48, 392 yard, 3 TDs, 0 Int.
- Vikes: 537 yards of total offense.
- Chicago: 43 yards rushing, 169 total.
- Vikes: 31 first downs.
- Vikes: 83 plays on offense.
- Vikes Time of Possession: 40:55.
I still think the Saints are the premier NFC team so far this year, but the Vikings can hang with them if they tighten up on the mistakes. There are still five games left and the Vikes face Arizona(7-4) next and Cincinnati(8-3) the week after. Those will be tough games, and I don't discount Chicago in a Monday night game where they will likely relish the chance to play spoiler. The Saints face a tough opponent with New England tomorrow night and it will be a good test. I haven't been at the bar much lately as cash is tight, but I may splurge and go watch that one. Besides, I'm down by eight points with Laurence Maroney and Marques Colston going for me and my opponent this week is done. I HAVE to watch it.
More: The Strib says the Bears offense managed only 2 yards on 12 plays in the second half. The ESPN drive charts show 13 plays and -3 yards. I'm not sure which is correct, but obviously Chicago couldn't get anything going. Meanwhile, the Vikings offense produced 4 scoring drives that chewed up the clock and let the defense stay rested and ready to go. That's the way you do it.